Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge 

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Union Ministry of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology has launched “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge – Innovate Solutions for Aatmanirbhar Bharat” to provide further impetus to the strong ecosystem of Start-up, innovation and research in the country. 

What is it? 

  • IIT Madras and Centre for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC) have developed two microprocessors named SHAKTI (32 bit) and VEGA (64 bit) respectively using Open Source Architecture under the aegis of Microprocessor Development Programme of Ministry of Electronics and IT. 
  • “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge – Innovate Solutions for Aatmanirbhar Bharat” seeks to invite innovators, startups and students to use these microprocessors to develop various technology products. 

Need  

  • As one of the concrete steps towards realising the ambition of self-reliance and a momentous stride towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, this initiative is aimed at not only meeting India’s future requirements of strategic and industrial sectors but also has the potential to mitigate the issues of security, licensing, technology obsolescence and most crucially cutting dependency on imports. 
  • The design, development & fabrication of these state-of-the-art processor variants at foundry in the country and abroad, is the successful step to leapfrog to ultimate goal of vibrant ecosystem of Electronic System Design & Manufacturing in the country. 

How will it work? 

  • The “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge” is part of the series of proactive, preemptive and graded measures taken by Ministry of Electronics and IT to spur the technology led innovation ecosystem in the country and staying at the forefront of digital adoption. 
  • Open to students at all levels and startups, the Challenge demands contestants to not only tinker with these Swadeshi Processor IPs & facilitate them with innovating the frugal solutions for societal needs but also make available the entire home-grown ecosystem around Swadeshi Processors to develop the complex designs for catering to both global and domestic requirements in near future.  
  • Ministry of Electronics and IT offers, internship opportunities, regular technical guidance from the best VLSI & Electronics System Design Experts in the country and financial support to the tune of Rs. 4.30 Crore at various stages of the Challenge. 
  • The Challenge spread over 10 months, kick-starts with registration process at https://innovate.mygov.in on 18th August 2020 and culminates in June 2021. 
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